Lions collect 2,000 pairs of glasses
More than 2,000 pairs of glasses were collected by New Ross Lions Club as part of their appeal to help poor people in Africa and China who can't afford spectacles.
Lions Club President Ray Lawlor said the appeal was a huge success again in New Ross. Launched in November, the glasses were dropped into French's Pharmacy, Burke's Pharmacy and Byrne's Opticians in New Ross. Mr Lawlor said: 'The Lions Club project has been running in New Ross for five years. We always get a great response. We are very grateful to the general public and the retail outlets who allowed us to put our collection boxes in their premises.'
The glasses were boxed and sent to Lions Club International headquarters in Nottingham, where they are graded and sorted, prior to being dispatched to Asia and Africa.
'They are for people with sight problems. It is one of the Lions Club's most successful initiatives and in this day and age there is the sustainable factor of something that is otherwise thrown away being used, which ties in with the whole green agenda.'
New Ross Standard